Tropical Cyclone Zane formed in the Coral Sea to the northeast of Queensland on Monday and quickly strengthened during the next 24 hours.
Zane currently has tropical storm-force sustained winds as it approaches the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland.
Landfall is expected across the northern half of the Cape York Peninsula, during the day Thursday, local time. The main threats will be damaging winds at and near the coast along with flooding rains which can cut some of the small towns of the region off for several days.
The satellite image above shows Zane off the coast of Queensland Wednesday night, local time.
Zane is expected to remain a tropical cyclone, although in a weaker state as it moves farther west into the Gulf of Carpentaria later in the week.
At this point, it appears Zane will likely lose its tropical cyclone status before making another landfall, but enhanced rainfall could lead to some flooding potential across northern third of Northern Territory late in the week.
A storm will bring snow and ice that will lead to slippery travel along a 1,500-mile swath from northern Arkansas and Georgia to Maine early next week.
The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast during Valentine's Day weekend.
A blast of arctic air will be accompanied by flurries and even a localized wall of snow in some communities in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest at the start of the Valentine's Day weekend.
Heavy rain will raise the risk of flooding across more than a dozen states in the Southeast on Presidents Day to the East Coast on Tuesday.
Umbrellas will be needed on Valentine's Day as scattered showers overspread Germany.
As warming ocean waters continue to threaten coral reefs worldwide, researchers at the University of Hawaii have developed a plan that could reverse the rapid decline of these ecosystems.
North Dakota (1936)
On this date the mercury plummeted to -60 deg. at Parshall, ND - the coldest temperature ever for the State of ND. Later the same year, the mercury soared to 121 degrees at Steele, ND - the hottest temperature ever for the state of ND.
Eastern US (1981)
All time high pressure reading were set: Asheville, NC 30.84 inches; Wilmington, DE 30.99 inches; Baltimore, MD 30.97 inches; Scranton, PA 30.96 inches; Louisville, KY 30.99 inches; Washington, D.C. 31.02 inches; Hartford, CT 31.03 inches; Allentown, PA 31.03 inches; Philadelphia, PA 3 inches.
Eastern US (1985)
Great Ohio Valley snowstorm whips snow into mountainous drifts and strands hundreds. In southwest Ohio 10 plows were stuck in the drifting snow and abandoned. Over a foot of snow in central and eastern Kentucky with 10 - 15 ft. drifts. Over 2 inches of snow in most of North Carolina.